Lahore blast: Seven killed and many injured in explosion in Raiwind

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"Circumstances show it was a suicide attack", Haider Ashraf, a senior police official in Lahore, told reporters.

Rescue teams rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to Jinnah and General Hospitals. He "sought a report from Inspector General Police" and directed the authorities to provide "best possible medical facilities and treatment to the injured persons", read a statement issued by the provincial government. The blast occurred near a police check post, he said, adding that police was the target. However, rescuers say it was a cylinder blast.

Meanwhile, IG Punjab Arif Nawaz Khan has ordered the force to declare a security high alert across the province.

The main country's Taliban group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was a suicide attack. Khan has asked the CCPO Lahore and all RPOs and DPOs to strengthen security in their respective regions and districts.

Security has been tightened following the attack and all exit and entry points to the vicinity have been secured.

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In February a year ago, 18 people were killed, including several police officials, and more than 80 wounded in a suicide attack during a protest on a busy intersection of Lahore.

"At least nine people, which included five police and four civilians, have been killed...."

In July a year ago, 26 people, including nine policemen, were martyred and 58 others were injured in a suicide hit on Ferozepur Road.

According to available information, a terrorist tried to entered camp of Raiwind congregation but policemen stopped him and suicide bomber blew him up, killing seven policemen while injuring 12 persons.

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